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"Alive Today", a mixed media collage on ampersand board, is part of the 31st Visual Arts Society of Texas Membership Show, judged by Alison Prouix. It runs 5-30 October at thePatterson-Appleton Arts Center on Hickory Street. View here:
GRAND PRAIRIE, TX
The virtual art exhibitions are a sign of our times. I have 3 pieces accepted to the Annual Grand Prairie Arts Council Juried Exhibition. The GPAC wil soon post the entries available for viewing through the end of the year.
www.tvaa.org is the link showing the current Texas Visual Arts Association's Citation 2020 Juried Exhibition. My work is included. Since it is my 5th acceptance to TVAA I have earned my Signature Status with this show.
I won 3rd place! The Visual Arts League of Lewisville presents "Melodies of the Soul" in the MCL Grand Art Gallery. On display is my "Flight of the Spirit" one of the 2-page spreads my art journal contains. It has a quote by Claude Monet along with a painting of birds with collaged feathers and sheet music of "Blackbird" by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. The show runs through 27 October. If you can't see it in person, view the work here:
The Richardson Civic Art Society has it's membership show posted for virtual viewing at:
Three of my works are included so look under the photography tab, the acrylic and oil tab and the watermedia tab! My photograph, Varnassi Sunrise, India" won 2nd place in Photography/Digital Art. See if you can guess which is mine...then click to see credits.
FORT WORTH, TX
Another virtual exhibition for 2020, the Society of Watercolor Artists presents their anuual Membership Exhibition with my "Turquoise Tipped Agave" included by juror, Janet Rogers.
The former Tierney's Tavern and Restaurant has new ownership with a new look and menu! Main Street Cafe shows work by members of the Visual Arts of Lewisville. I have 3 very large watercolor canvas prints (2' x 3') in the west dining room. The address is 208 E Main Street, open hours 6am-9pm.
My mural of Denton was selected by Wal-Mart for their public art project to install murals in their stores. A specially designed mural showing the "Vibe of Denton, Texas" was chosen for the Loop 288 Super Wal Mart location, where it is now installed. The design is posted under the Public Art tab. Of course, I haven't been able to see the real installation yet...
GRAND PRAIRIE, TX
I was selected by City of Grand Prairie Public Art Program to have two of my watercolor images transferred with vinyl wrap to traffic signal boxes. In 2019 my "Tangled Tulips" watercolor was installed at the intersection of Carrier Parkway at Hill St and in 2018 "Red Dragons" was selected for the intersection of Carrier Parkway and Arkansas Street. (Take a peek on the Public Art tab above)
This is where I am scheduled!
The 2020 Keller Art Walk scheduled for November in the Old Town West area has been postponed until Nov 2021. I have been chosen by the City of Keller
to be one of the plein aire artists available. I will be showing how to create pen and ink with watercolor on site. More details later.
2021: Let's Hope We Get Our Lives Back!!
The Visual Arts Society of Texas is hosting their 175-mile juried exhibition at the Meadows Gallery of the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center in Denton. My watercolor was accepted by juror, Liz Ash, for the show 10 Nov-12 December.
My 2020 watercolor demo followed up with a workshop with the Pecan Plantation Art Guild of Granbury has been postponed until January 2021.
A 3-month showing was scheduled in the Box Gallery at Royal Lane Baptist Church in Dallas during Aug-Oct. Due to the pandemic, it will be rescheduled. Details will be posted later!
GHOST RANCH, ABIQUIU, NM in 2021
The annual workshop/retreat using mixed medias, with something different each day is scheduled for 13-19 June 2021. The UN-traditional Watercolor workshop/retreat is set for 26 Sept-2 Oct. Registration forms are available on the Ghost Ranch tab above.
SOUTHERN FRANCE in October 2021!
You are invited to come along! We had such a marvelous (and delicious) time in Southern France in July 2019 that we are returning to the same accomodations in October next year. Details are posted under the Art Abroad tab.
Umbrian Region of Italy in May 2022!
The adventure cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic is back on and scheduled for May 2022. Check on the Adventures Abroad tab (from the 2020 plans). This will be updated with specific times and pricing as soon as possible. If you wish to be contacted as plans proceed, let Darla know. It will be a small group.
Some of my 2020 award-winning news!
A new year begins....
October/November: The Richardson Civic Art Society Membership Show is posted for virtual viewing at:
Three of my works were juried to be included in categories of photography, acrylic/oil and watermedia. Juror, Dawna Hamn Walsh, PhD chose my photograph, "Varnassi Sunrise, India" for 2nd place in Photography/Digital Art.
September/October: A double-page spread from my art journal was displayed in the Visual Arts League of Lewisville "Melodies of the Soul" in the MCL Grand Art Gallery. My "Spirit of the Soul" won 3rd place.
August/September: "Not Your Ordinary Cabbage" won 1st place in watercolor at the Richardson Civic Arts Society 54th Regional Juried Exhibition; juror Deanna Thibault
ARTfolio 2020 Book:
My work was chosen to be included in the ARTfolio 2020 publications by Douglas King. The 9.5 x 12 jacketed hardcover book is available for $60. Glitterati Editions announces the best in abstract and contemporary work as decided by a jury of proessional artists, museum curators, gallery owners, art consultantants and collectors.To order: email@example.com
In March I was invited to judge the Pecan Plantation Art Guid Spring Show at the Dora E Langdon Center, Gordon House, in Granbury, TX.
My "Over the Line", a 20" x 20" acrylic piece on canvas won 1st place, March Art of the Month at the Visual Arts League of Lewisville.
At the Lake Granbury Art Association Fall Show I had two pieces accepted: a weaving and a watercolor. The painting, "Night Blooms of Nairobi, Kenya" was awarded First Place by juror Justin Burns.
The Visual Arts Society of Texas in Denton voted "Turquoise Tipped Agave", a watercolor with ink accents as second place for the January Art of the Month.
I have provided demo painting/ workshops for several North Texas art associations: Lewisville, Fort Worth, McKinney, Gainesville, Decatur, Sherman, Paris, Mid-Cities, Johnson County in Cleburn, Grand Prairie and Weatherford. Further away, I've taught workshops at Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu and Santa Fe, NM; Branson, MO; Sedona, AZ and Topeka, KS.
...And then there are the Annual Art Adventures Abroad where I have taken artists to Spain, Ireland, Portugal, Denmark, Germany and France. Italy was cancelled but will be rescheduled.
Contact me if you need a speaker, workshop/demo artist or juror!
I am the current President of Society of Watercolor Artists in Fort Worth, TX. Check out this terrific watercolor association at